Heal LA Bioscience Accelerator improving the health and wellness of Los Angeles County and beyond, powered by Larta Institute

We partner with key organizations in the region that will help drive our mission and provide resources and guidance towards achieving our broadly beneficial goals.

Heal.LA Program Partners and Committees


Steering Committee members are domain specialists in the Biosciences.  They offer counsel and assistance with proposed programs, including content, speaker recruitment, outreach to, and recruitment of potential collaborators.

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Judy Hsieh

Larta Institute

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Vasiliki Anest


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Juan Espinoza


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Stephanie Hsieh


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Monica Jain


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Rubayath Mohsen

The Lundquist Institute

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Gary Olsem

BioLabs at the Lundquist

Mark Wisniewski

Mark Wisniewski

UCLA Technology Development Group

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Dave Whelan

Bioscience LA


Advisory Committee members are thought leaders and directors of institutions, including in government, industry, donors, and philanthropy.  We engage advisors to provide knowledge and networks to help shape the development of the Heal.LA initiative.

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Keith Hoffman

The Lundquist Institute

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Karmin Noar

Biocom Institute

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Richard Lundquist

Continental Development Corporation

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David Meyer

The Lundquist Institute


The Lundquist Institute for Biomedical Innovation is a 501(c)3 independent non-profit biomedical research organization that was founded in 1952. The Institute has over more than 120 principal investigators and 400 researchers in total — MD’s, MD/Ph.D.’s, and Ph.D.’s — working on 600 research studies. Our investigators are academically affiliated with UCLA and work in partnership with the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Our research is funded by many sources including grants from the NIH and other government entities, Industry and teaching contracts and royalties, as well as private donors and other non-profit foundations.

Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research-based biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative medicines in areas of unmet medical need. The company strives to transform and simplify care for people with life-threatening illnesses around the world. Gilead has operations in more than 35 countries worldwide, with headquarters in Foster City, California. For more information on Gilead Sciences, please visit the company’s website at www.gilead.com

BioLabs is a membership-based network of shared lab facilities located in the nation’s key biotech innovation clusters, designed exclusively for high-potential, early-stage life science companies. It offers co-working environments that pair premium, fully equipped, and supported lab and space with unparalleled access to capital and industry partners. BioLabs LA serves the South Bay of Los Angeles and partnered with The Lundquist Institute to bring class A space and support for early life science entrepreneurs to the region. Find out more at https://www.biolabs.io/la 

The West Coast Consortium for Technology & Innovation in Pediatrics (CTIP) is an FDA-funded pediatric MedTech accelerator centered at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Our goal is to facilitate the development, production, and distribution of pediatric medical devices by identifying companies working in the space and providing advice, networking, and direct and indirect financial support on the road to commercialization. https://www.westcoastctip.org/  

Biocom California is the state’s largest, most experienced leader and advocate for the life science sector, working on behalf of more than 1,400 members and organization partners to drive public policy, lead a world-class network of industry leaders, create access to capitalintroduce cutting-edge STEM education programs, and create robust value-driven purchasing programs.  With its mission to “accelerate life sciences”, Biocom California was founded in San Diego in 1995. Recognizing the need to expand and support biotech and the life sciences’ immense potential in the Los Angeles region, Biocom launched BiocomLA in 2016. 

Founded in 2018, BioscienceLA is the innovation catalyst for life sciences and health innovation in the greater Los Angeles region, accelerating the growth of funding, space, and talent, as well as messaging and awareness- building. The independent not-for-profit organization was seeded by LA County and has backing from Amgen, PhRMA, Richard Lundquist, Richard Merkin, City of Hope, and Cedars-Sinai, among others. For more information: biosciencela.org or info@biosciencela.org. 

MESH was formed to create a connective tissue across disciplines to combine USC’s strengths to accelerate the pace of groundbreaking discoveries and their translation into revolutionary therapies. MESH works with USC researchers, physicians, and students to create new conceptual and translational innovations, build transdisciplinary teams, collaborate with industry, and develop a curriculum to train the next generation of bioscience innovators. The MESH) Academy is a program jointly supported by the Dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the USC Office of the Provost.

The Alliance for Southern California Innovation (the “Alliance”) is a not-for-profit formed in 2017 that has successfully brought together the heft of Southern California’s top research institutions, local business leaders, and world-class advisors to focus on bridging critical gaps in the SoCal innovation ecosystem. The goal of the Alliance is to engage and unify SoCal’s compelling diversity of talent, ideas, and perspectives in order to optimize the conditions for the region’s innovators to bring breakthroughs to the world.

Cedars-Sinai is a nonprofit academic healthcare organization serving the diverse Los Angeles community and beyond. With pioneering medical research achievements, education programs defining the future of healthcare, and wide-ranging community benefit activities, we’re setting new standards for quality and innovation in patient care.

UCLA Technology Development Group serves as a campus-wide gateway to Innovation, Research and Entrepreneurship. Our mission is to
• Promote UCLA innovation, research, teaching and entrepreneurship to benefit society
• Create economic value to support UCLA’s scholarly and educational missions and the State of California
• Lead UCLA’s research community to bring innovation to market